Electrical – The pros and cons of tantalum and ceramics in AMS1117

capacitorpower supplyvoltage-regulator

Task: Make a reliable power supply for sensors and an RFID card reader.


  1. Total current consumption: up to 0.7A (700 mA.)
  2. Elements supply voltage: 3.3V
  3. Input voltage: 5V
  4. Working temperature: from -30 to + 40

For these purposes, I found the AMS1117 voltage regulator.

The technical description indicates the use of tantalum capacitors.

I studied them, and I still had doubts about their reliability.

What I learned:

  1. Tantalum minimally changes the capacitance with a change in voltage and temperature, unlike ceramic capacitors.
  2. Tantalum does not age
  3. Makes no sound
  4. May explode in case of strong impulse or incorrect polarity.
  5. It has a high parasitic inductance, unlike ceramics.

Many boards with this voltage regulator use ceramic capacitors, but I'm not sure about the reliability of this option.

I worry that tantalum may explode or fail.


  1. Is it dangerous to use tantalum and is it worth switching to ceramics?
  2. Is it good to use electrolytic capacitors, given the negative operating temperatures?
  3. I heard that special voltage regulators have appeared, designed to work with ceramic capacitors. What are some good options? The current must be up to 1A.

My main task is to provide reliable power to the sensors and reader.

Best Answer

This may help you. I am currently working with the voltage regulator LD11173v3 and I actually run some tests with it. I am using the recommendations of design of this circuit and the output seems to be pretty stable. I am working with high freq signals so mi picture results are not suitable for you now but I tested the performance with inputs from 3 to 10 volts and 100mA to 1000 mA.


I tested this circuit with tantalum capacitors and the look to be stable. Temperature effect has not been tested so I cannot tell you anything in this issue. Let's say what other's say, buy if you want to try that component it's up to you! :)